The Museum Embankment Festival (Museumsuferfest) is Europe’s largest cultural festival that will be held from 28th to 30th August 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany. It features numerous arts and craft stalls, live music that plays all the way into the night, Frankfurt’s marvellous museum mile, and also some culinary highlights from all over the world. The best part? It’s free! Well, almost free, that is.
The Museumsuferfest Button
A special festival button – the Museumsuferfest Button offers visitors free access to 23 museums during the entire weekend. You can get it at any participating museum or the Tourist Information Office for only 7 €! Great deal, right?
Here’s the list of all the museums that you’ll be able to visit with the button:
- Archaeological Museum
- Bible House Experience Museum
- Caricatura Museum Frankfurt
- German Museum of Architecture
- German Film Museum
- Cathedral Museum Frankfurt am Main
- Eintracht Frankfurt Museum
- Frankfurt Goethe House
- Frankfurter Kunstverein
- Money Museum of the German Budesbank
- Historical Museum Frankfurt
- Institute of Urban History
- Jewish Museum Frankfurt
- Children’s Museum Frankfurt
- Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection
- Museum of Applied Arts
- Museum of Communication
- Museum of Modern Art
- Museum Giersch of the Goethe University
- Museum Judengasse
- Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
- Städel Museum
- World Cultures Museum
You probably won’t be able to visit them all in one weekend. But one or two per day is definitely doable. 😊
What to do and see at the festival?
The main attraction are the museums themselves, of course. But during the day, you may visit the stalls along the banks of the river Main and enjoy everything they offer, from used books to vintage vinyl, arts, crafts, and sculptures made by the local artists. Keep on walking to see the stalls change to food and drink booths. Stop by and grab a quick bite before heading down to the riverbank itself, where you’ll be able to enjoy some beautiful live performances.
As the sun sets, the festival starts turning more and more into a party. Live bands and DJ’s play sets from rock to techno, so anyone can find something that fits their taste. Many locals like to enjoy the pleasant summer evening vibe on gardens of Ethnology museum or Museum of Applied Art. Really, wherever you find yourself, you will be well fed, will always have something to drink, and there will be music playing in the background. Sounds like a perfect summer evening atmosphere!
On Sunday night, you’ll be able to admire a spectacular firework, marking the end of another Museumsuferfest. Here’s a tip for those who have never been to the festival before – if you want to watch the fireworks from the riverside, head down to the bank about an hour before the show starts so you will make sure to get a good spot with the perfect view.
What else is there to know?
Transportation won’t be a problem, let the Nomago InterCity bus take you to Frankfurt comfortably and affordably. Frankfurt itself is well-covered with subway, trams, trains, busses and taxis so getting around the city is a piece of cake.
The festival is held in the near vicinity of many accommodation options as well, so that shouldn’t be a problem either. Hotels, Airbnb, hostels etc. – you can find everything here.
In the end, what you really need to do is pack your bags and get ready to travel to this amazing city and experience the festival in your own way. Have fun!